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Victory, over spiritual forces

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In spiritual warfare victory is assured since Jesus Christ has already won it on the cross and in the resurrection. Christians will eventually share in Christ’s complete victory and through him overcome their spiritual enemies.

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The victories won by Jesus Christ

Over sin and temptation

Hebrews 4:15 NIV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
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Over the world

John 16:33 NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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Over the devil

1 John 3:8 NIV
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
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Over death

Acts 2:24 NIV
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
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Over every enemy

1 Corinthians 15:24–25 NIV
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
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Believers have victory through Christ

Over the power of sin

Romans 7:24–25 NIV
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
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Over temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
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Over the world

1 John 5:4–5 NIV
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
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Over the devil

Revelation 12:10–11 NIV
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
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Over death

1 Corinthians 15:22–23 NIV
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
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Believers share in Christ’s victory

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The final victory

The vision of final victory in Jesus Christ


It will be complete at the end of the age

1 Corinthians 15:24 NIV
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
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Although certain it has not yet been fully realised

Hebrews 2:8 NIV
and put everything under their feet.”, In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
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